It is true that not adapting to the changes can take you down. Google recently warned webmasters about including forms and other input fields on HTTP sites. The tech giant has informed that any such websites will be marked as ‘Not Secure’ from October 2017.
Internet users that use Chrome browser will be given a warning sign as soon as they type in any HTTP website that includes forms with fields, asking for contact or login details.
Although the popular search engine gave this notice a few months earlier but did not take any action, however, it has now formally started to notify webmasters who develop or manage such websites, since a deadline has been announced. The notification mentioned in explicit words, “Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the ‘Not Secure’ warning in two additional situations – when users enter data on a HTTP webpage and all other HTTP websites that are accessed using Incognito mode.”
Notifications were sent via the Google Search Console. HTTP websites that required credit card information or other passwords were already marked unsecure long ago, however, the emerging cybercrime trends around the world led Google to take stricter action.
Google informed the world that the two scenarios that had just been introduced representtheir efforts to steadily increase security protocol. Moreover, Google also mentioned in its official post that these efforts have already contributed to a 23% decrease in “fractions of navigation to HTTP pages with credit card forms or passwords on desktop.” The notification was directed to webmasters worldwide, with no exceptions.
As soon as the new warning takes effect, HTTP sites will display a label with the words ‘Not Secure’ in the address bar.
What the Future Holds?
Google Security Team’s Emily Schechter commented that further actions could also be anticipated in the future in a bid to make Internet a secure platform. Her exact remarks also included, “Eventually, we plan to show the “Not Secure” warning for all HTTP pages, even outside the Incognito mode.” She further commented that Google had plans for future updates in process already; therefore, waiting to move to the HTTPS secure connection would be a mistake.
HTTPS is much more easier and cheaper to use than ever. Moreover, it has powerful new features that are too much to handle for HTTP and the best performance the web has to offer.
What Should Be Your Next Step?
If you manage a website that is currently published on the HTTP domain, stop what you are doing right now and take the necessary steps to migrate to a much more secure and powerful HTTPS domain before October to avoid the consequences of the web traffic being warned before they visit your website.